Are You Afraid of the “F” Word?

Is That the Same Thing as the “F” Bomb?


Well to a lot of people fat is definitely as bad as the other “F” word.  A lot of people would say that they are definitely afraid of fat.  We don’t want fat in our diet, we don’t want fat on our body, and we definitely don’t want to be fat period

Years ago, “fat free” was the latest fad.  Experts said that if we could just reduce and drastically limit our fat intake we would lose weight.  They said this would work because fat actually has over twice the amount of calories as other macronutrients known as protein and carbohydrates

You see, protein and carbohydrates only have four calories per gram, but fat as nine calories per gram.  Therefore, it would make sense to cut way down on fat and you will lose weight.

 

BUT…

 

WRONG, WRONG, and even more WRONG!

We need to eat fat to have our metabolism function properly.  If we do not eat enough fat, the body wants to take whatever fat you do consume and guard it for dear life because the body thinks that you’re not going to give it anymore fat.  Here is where the tricky part comes into play.

What Type of Fat Should I Eat and How Often?

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Our bodies thrive when we consume essential fatty acids.  The body wants good monounsaturated fats (MUFA).  These are the kinds of fats that are liquid at room temperature and they turn solid when they are chilled. 

Research shows that diets with healthy amounts of essential fatty acids/MUFA have a host of amazing benefits such as:

  1. Decreased risk for breast cancer.
  2. Lower risk for heart disease and stroke.
  3. More efficient metabolism.
  4. Weight Loss
  5. Decreasted belly fat.
  6. Less pain for arthritis sufferers.

 

 

How Do You Know if You’re Getting Enough Fat in Your Diet? bigstock-Food-With-Unsaturated-Fats-52226848

The easiest way to get yourself going in the right direction is to consume a little healthy fat in each of your meals.  A little bit can go a long way.  The benefits far outweigh the alternative.  Some great choices (shown here) are listed below:

  1. Seeds
  2. Fatty Fish (Salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc.)
  3. Avocado
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Nuts

There are some warning signs you should look out for that will let you know that you’re not getting enough healthy fat in your diet.  Some of these are:

  • The inability to lose weight
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog (Inability to concentrate/focus)

 

Take Home Message

If weight loss, weight management, and good health is what you’re striving for then 25-30% of your food intake should be from healthy fat. 

 

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